Is that entertainment?

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Like many of you, we were glued to Britain's Got Talent, and one of the most entertaining aspects of the show has been watching the fantastically talented kids. Diversity were totally deserved winners and no doubt will be an inspiration to many of their peers.

But as the semi-finals progressed, I started to feel increasingly uncomfortable. First 10-year-old Natalie Okri didn't make it through and broke down in tears. Then Hollie Steel, also 10, lost her confidence and had to start her performance again. And at the Grand Final, 11-year-old Aidan Davis also had to fight back tears after being on the receiving end of Simon Cowell's cutting comments.

We have already seen the effect the strain of taking part in the contest has had on Susan Boyle, a fully grown but clearly fragile woman.

No doubt mums and dads who try to dissuade their aspiring Leonas and Wills from entering this kind of talent contest will be met with rigid determination. But I'm not sure it's really fair to subject such young children to this kind of public pressure and rejection.

written by Liz Jarvis


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5 Responses to Is that entertainment?

  1. Heather says:

    Let children be children first and foremost

  2. Sam says:

    I agree – of course it’s the parents’ responsibility to protect their children from this kind of unnecessary exposure at such a impressionable age. But MOREOVER there should be a show of responsibility on the part of the show’s judges and the television company – at the very least set an age limit! After all these are the people who know enough about showbiz to realise the kind of media pressure ordinary folk like Susan Boyle could have to endure, let alone the likes of little Hollie Steel and Aidan Davis…Then again – if the British public didn’t so devour this type of reality TV…

  3. Adam says:

    if the kids are serious about pursuing thier dream and have the talent – which seems the case with all these finalist – then the whole experience can only have done them good. No-one was laughing at them – the nation sympathised.

  4. lisa lodge says:

    i agree what a pity to see holly pleading for a second chance when she forgot her words if it were my daughter i wouldnt have put her through the trauma in the first place

  5. Yvonne says:

    This is nothing new. Poor Lena Zavaroni was a sad victim of the curse of the TV talent show. She appeared on the 70’s version of BGT, Opportunity Knocks, when she was just nine years old.


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